Carter signs to play football at Angelo State University


Senior lineman Matthew Carter (#56) exits the tunnel with the Panthers before their playoff game against Rockport-Fulton. Carter signed with Angelo State University last week to play tight end. (Alex Rubio File Photo)


Liberty Hill senior offensive and defensive lineman Matthew Carter was one of four Panther athletes that signed a letter of intent last week to play at the college level. Carter signed on to play tight end at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, after attending one of their recruiting camps last summer.

Although he wasn’t super confident in his performance at the camp, Carter credits Liberty Hill Head Coach Jeff Walker with making the effort to get him a spot on the Rams’ roster.

“Over the summer, I was just doing random camps, and I saw Angelo State had a camp, so I decided to go,” Carter said. “I didn’t do that good, but later, after our football season, Coach Walker was talking to the coach, and he really played a big part in helping me get to Angelo.”

Between now and the beginning of his freshman football season, Carter plans on working on every aspect of his game, based on the understanding that football at the collegiate level is quite literally a whole new ballgame both physically and mentally.

“I’ll be working on improving basically everything, because it’s going to be just a completely different mentality,” Carter said. “It’s a different mentality and a different mindset than how it is in high school. I’m just going to have to perform the hardest I ever have.”

Carter’s decision to play for Angelo State was based in part on their recent success and in part on their style of play. Carter said the Rams are known for their hurry-up offense, a style of offense that’s similar to what the Panthers have run.

“I know they’ve done pretty well over the last few seasons,” Carter said. “They’re third or fourth in their conference, and they’re one of the fastest offenses in between plays. I’m kind of used to that because of Liberty Hill’s style of offense.”

Although Carter has met each member of the Angelo State coaching staff, he hasn’t met a single prospective student, which he’s fine with. In fact, it’s one of the things about San Angelo that he’s most excited about after growing up in a small town like Liberty Hill, surrounded by people he’s known for years.

“I don’t know anybody going there, that I know of, so it’s going to be like a whole new team, which I’m excited for,” Carter said. “I’m looking forward to just meeting new people and getting outside of this small town of Liberty Hill, kind of getting to see a new variety.”

Angelo State, a Division II school that competes in the Lone Star Conference, finished with a 6-5 overall record last season, going 4-4 in conference play before losing to Washburn University in the Heart of Texas Bowl. The Lone Star Conference consists of Angelo State, Cameron, Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, West Texas A&M, and Western New Mexico.